Why can’t I play MKV files on my TV?

Can’t play MKV files on your TV? This post walks you through how to make MKV movies playable on TV.

Why won’t my TV play certain MKV files?
“Hey all, I have a number of MKV movies. The trouble is, my TV plays some of them and refuses to play the rest, displaying an unhelpful codec error message. How should I go about this issue? Can anyone suggest a solution? Thanks.”

MKV is an open standard free container format that can store various video, audio, picture or subtitle tracks inside a single file. Your TV manual should list the supported codecs, containers and size/bitrate restrictions. If your MKV file contains a codec that your TV doesn’t support, it will not play. In that case, we would recommend converting MKV files to the widely-accepted H.264 MP4 first. Here’s how.

How to convert MKV to MP4 format for playing on TV?

Software requirement
HD Video Converter (for both PC and Mac)
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To do this:
Step 1: Install and run HD Video Converter as the best MKV to MP4 Converter. Click ‘Add File’ button to import MKV source media.
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Step 2: Select MP4 as output format
From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (.mp4)’ as target format from ‘HD Video’ column.
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Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Set advanced settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.
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Step 4: Start MKV to MP4 Conversion for TV playback
When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to start conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated MP4 files for playing on your TV easily.
If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Shutdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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